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SN blogs: Managed mobile meshing with IoT, M2M

SN blogs: An analyst highlights 2014 mobility trends; a T-Mobile data rollover plan wins kudos.

Current Analysis analyst Kathryn Weldon highlights several takeaways from enterprise mobility in 2014. Machine-to-machine and enterprise mobility management (EMM) are slowly beginning to consolidate, fueling a scenario in which managed mobile devices will be monitored under the same pane of glass as smartphones and tablets. At the same time, Weldon says enterprise equipment vendors and EMM platform developers that play in enterprise mobility are expanding their product scope to encompass M2M and the Internet of Things.

Weldon explains, "At nearly every global operator's analyst summit this year, enterprise mobility was no longer positioned as a separate growth area that would save the business as wireline revenues flatten or decline. Rather, it is now simply a given that mobile devices represent a growing proportion of endpoints that, just like any other device used by an enterprise, need to access both cloud-delivered and on-premises applications and data." Other trends Weldon cites include the expanding definition of EMM and an increase in consumer spending on enterprise mobility products.

Read more about the top mobility trends Weldon noticed in 2014.

The evolution of governance, risk and compliance

Enterprise Management Associates analyst David Monahan says that enterprise governance, risk and compliance (e-GRC) has evolved from monolithic and linear to a much easier to use, IT-focused GRC. Before, e-GRC tools required a lot of extra manpower. Data entry had to be performed manually, a process that took up time and caused bottlenecks when information wasn't readily available. Overall there are five areas of GRC: policy and procedure governance; risk and analysis; vulnerability management; incident management and security and compliance assessment. One company that Monahan thinks is doing a good job covering all of these areas is Allgress Inc. With new tools, specifically from its Insight Risk Management Suite (IRMS), data from multiple sources is automatically integrated. As Monahan writes, "We now have a class of tools called IT-GRC that allow IT, security and risk practitioners to create their own models for GRC around IT environments and assets without having to wade through the rest of the enterprise to get it done." Monahan says that's a key reason why an IT-GRC model is more efficient than e-GRC.

Read more about the history of GRC according to Monahan.

Understanding PBTS on Cisco IOS-XR

While policy-based tunnel selection (PBTS) has the same goal as class-based tunnel selection, when using the Cisco IOS-XR operating system, you might run into some trouble. At least that's what happened to network engineer Youssef El Fathi. He explains in a PacketPushers blog that he was confused about the configuration. El Fathi says, "In my SP studies, I learned that we have to configure each RSVP-TE tunnel with a policy-class corresponding to an EXP field. But in reality the policy-class is not supported on the [Nexus 9000]." To illustrate how to overcome that limitation, El Fathi used an example of sending only the voice traffic to one tunnel and load balancing the rest on a different tunnel. After classifying the traffic as "voice traffic" and "data traffic," he said it is important to create a "default" tunnel for the data traffic that does not reach the original intended tunnel.

Read more of El Fathi's explanation of policy-based tunnel selection on the Cisco IOS-XR.

Will T-Mobile's rollover data plan boost business?

Nemertes research lead Matt Craig says that T-Mobile's rollover data plan could have a huge impact on both businesses and consumers. The rollover plan would allow users to keep a stash of unused data from month to month. Being able to use leftover data would keep customers from going over their plans and having to pay for extra gigabytes. For businesses, the cost of mobile services is expected to go up 20% in the next year. Being able to save on data could allow companies to assess how employees were using their data and how to re-allocate for the future. One caveat, says Craig, is T-Mobile's limited coverage area, particularly in non-urban areas. Users might shy away from the carrier because of a perception of bad service. If AT&T or Verizon came up with a similar data rollover plan, Craig suspects they would see a huge increase in customers.

Read more of the details of T-Mobile's rollover data plan.

This was last published in December 2014

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